Need Help Finding Coupons to Use in Canada?
I'm often asked how I go about finding coupons, especially ones for food, pharmacy, and other household products. So, "where to get coupons" is a great question!
In fact, you may be surprised by just how many different types of coupons there are, and the many available sources for finding them. The good news is that Canadian grocery coupons are in a plentiful supply!
The first place that most people go to in search of Canadian coupons is the Internet. The web really is an excellent source for finding coupons, particularly if you need a printable coupon; one that can be accessed and printed immediately.
Many of the major stores and supermarkets (for example Walmart, Real Canadian Superstore, Sobeys and Safeway) will happily accept printable coupons, just so long as they can clearly read the information on it.
So, it's really important to have access to a good quality printer with plenty of ink!
Ideally, coupons should be printed off in color wherever possible. The last thing you need is to have your coupon rejected by a cashier because they are unable to read the barcode, expiry date, or redemption address.
So, how do we go about finding coupons that are printable and valid in Canada? Easy! One option is that you can go straight to the grocery section of this site for quick access to all the current printable grocery coupons.
- Printable Canadian Coupons Directory
- Smartsource Coupons Portal
- Living Well Coupons and Product Trials
- Healthy Shopper Printable eCoupons
- Whole Foods Market Canada Coupons
Please note that while I try to maintain an up-to-date directory of valid printable coupons, I may have missed a few because of course new coupons are becoming available all the time. If you come across a printable coupon that is not included in my list, please get in touch and I will be very happy to add it to the list, for the benefit of others. Finding coupons is all about paying it forward!
You may also like to learn how to find printable coupons yourself. Searching for printable Canadian coupons through the search box at the top of this page is one good way of finding coupons to print. Most likely, you'll be looking for very specific brand names, perhaps "purina coupons" or "Kellogg's coupons". In the search box it is wise to add the word "Canada" to the end of your search terms. This way, the search engines know to limit your results to Canadian coupons only. There's nothing more frustrating than finding a really great coupon, only to discover that it's only valid in the United States!
Tear Pad Coupons
Whenever you're out and about in supermarkets and stores such as Walmart, Real Canadian Superstore, Sobeys, Safeway etc., keep your eyes peeled for "tear pad coupons". When it comes to finding coupons of this type, they are usually located next to a specific item, or at the end of the grocery aisles.
The great thing about tear pad coupons is that you can usually take a few of them, to add to your coupon binder. Because tear pad coupons are generally Manufacturer coupons, they don't usually have to be redeemed at the same store you found them.
You can either use tear pad coupons right away, save them for another time (when a product goes on sale, allowing you to buy several items at an even better price), or you can put the extras up for trade.
Always practice good tear pad etiquette: take a few - but not too many! Always leave some for others.
In-store coupons shouldn't be confused with the tear pad coupons found in stores. "In-store coupons" are a little bit different.
Individual supermarkets and stores may offer their own promotional deals and discounts on items found in their own stores. This sets them apart from the competition.
And so an in-store coupon will generally feature the name of the store that it must be redeemed in.
Real Canadian Superstore is an excellent example of a Company that offers in-store coupons. Usually, as you enter the store, you will be presented with a display of in-store coupons, near to the baskets and shopping carts. This makes finding coupons so easy! Whenever I shop at Real Canadian Superstore (also abbreviated to RCSS), I always take a glance at the in-store coupons they offer and grab a few if they'll save me money.
Another example of in-store coupons are those offered by supermarkets, like Safeway or Sobeys, in their weekly flyers. Simply clip them from the flyer and bring them to the store to redeem.
I've also found a good variety of in-store coupons on Facebook, such as this one that I found for free samples at Shoppers Drug Mart. Facebook coupons are usually accessible by "liking" a particular store and checking for current deals and promotional offers.
Once you become in the habit of finding coupons, you'll realize just as I did that they are actually everywhere!
Another place you might be able to find some good money-saving coupons is on products themselves. These are otherwise known as "peelie coupons" becuase you can peel them off the product and hand them directly to the cashier for redemption (or save them for later if you wish).
It goes without saying that you should never take a peelie coupon off a product unless you wish to purchase it. Don't be a peelie thief!
You'll probably be familiar with certain brand names that you know and trust. Proctor and Gamble, for example, is one of the biggest manufacturer of trusted brand names in Canada.
No doubt you have come across brands such as Tide, Downy, Clairol, Pampers, Duracell, Gillette, Iams - to name but a few. Perhaps you trust these brand names so much that you buy these consumable products on a regular basis?
How do you go about finding coupons for these brands? By signing up to Proctor and Gamble's Brandsaver website, you can pick and choose all the coupons that interest you, and receive piles of coupons in your mailbox every month. It's as easy as that!
Speaking of brand names, there are a few other websites that you should know about for getting mailed-out coupons; here's a summary of all the links you need to quickly register to these sites:
- Brandsaver Coupons and Hidden Portals
- Websaver Coupons and Hidden Portals
- Save.ca Coupons and Hidden Portals
- GoCoupons Coupons by Mail
- RightatHome Coupons by Mail
It's worth mentioning that some companies will also mail you coupons if you just ask. It never hurts to contact a Canadian Company, either by phone or through their website to tell them how much you enjoy their product. Companies want satisfied customers, and some (but not all) will go out of their way to ensure that you remain a satisfied customer. They may send you some coupons as a token of thanks. Or, they may request that you sign up to receive their newsletter or occasional promotional offers. Either way, it doesn't hurt to ask!
Newspaper Inserts and Magazines
You may have noticed the Smartsource or Redplum inserts inside your local newspaper. If you've quickly dismissed them to be junk, then the chances are that you have thrown them away without realizing that they contain many good coupons!
But now that you're becoming more aware about finding coupons, you'll be eager to get your hands on these valuable inserts.
Many couponers maximize their savings by asking friends and family to save these inserts for them, too. Why? Because having multiples of the same coupon is a great way of achieving big savings on the products you regularly buy.
The trick is, wait for the product to go on sale, and then redeem your coupons to "stock up" on that item at very low cost to you.
Don't forget that coupons can be found in magazines, too! I often find particularly good beauty and food coupons in Women's magazines, such as Canadian Living.
Online Coupons and Deals
Do you like to shop online? Then you will be very interested to know that coupons aren't just limited to the paper form. "Online coupons" or "voucher codes" (they have a few different names) are essentially links or codes that when used yield massive discounts on online shopping purchases, with very popular Canadian merchants including Amazon, Dell Canada, Apple, Toys R Us, Michaels - to name just a few.
Online coupons may offer percentage off, or dollar off, discounts. Sometimes, online coupons feature promo codes that are entered at the checkout process.
There are a few easy ways to find online coupons. You could certainly Google "online coupons" but your search results would be very broad, and most likely would return only a few results for Canada. It makes sense to add the word "Canada" to your search terms, just as you would when searching for printable coupons. "Online coupons Canada" is much more likely to return some more desirable results.
Make your search more specific by entering the name of the store that interests you. Very popular searches are "Amazon.ca coupon codes" and "Dell Canada coupon code". As you can see, both search term will indicate to the search engine that your goal is finding coupons that are valid in Canada.
Another very popular form of discounting products and services is through Group Buying. You may have already heard of the most popular group buy deals through Groupon.
Groupon and other group buying sites offer 50% - 90% off products and services that we buy every day: hotel and travel deals, beauty and spa treatments, gym membership, gifts and electronics....the list goes on. Finding coupons for group buy deals is straightforward, but first I recommend that you learn more about about how group buying works.
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